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"Act responsibly." This is Transport Min-
ister Stephen Cadiz s message to drivers
this Carnival weekend as he pleads with
them not to mix the dangerous cocktail of
alcohol and driving a vehicle.
Cadiz, in a Sunday Guardian interview,
advised motorists to ensure they had a des-
ignated driver or hired alternative trans-
portation instead of driving drunk on the
He maintained that drunk driving was a
major problem in T&T, especially with young
"The statistics show that people between
the ages of 18 and 34 account for 53 per cent
of the road deaths/fatalities and it is some-
thing we are very concerned about. One of
the main contributors to that is in fact drunk
driving or what you call drink driving," Cadiz
He said there were other issues that had
an impact on road fatalities such as safety
belt use, texting, and using cellphones while
However, Cadiz contended, one of the
things that could be controlled very easily
was drunk driving which could be checked
by people taking responsibility.
He also believes that the increased fines
for drinking and driving will encourage
motorists to do the right thing.
A first-time offender now faces a max-
imum fine of $15,000, for a second offence
$22,500, and, for a third offence, the mag-
istrate has the power to permanently revoke
a driver's permit and jail the offender.
Acknowledging that it was a season of
merriment and that "Carnival is Carnival,"
Cadiz insisted that party-goers must engage
in responsible behaviour.
"It (Carnival) is a big party and there is a
high consumption of alcohol, etc, over the
Carnival period. I am not telling people do
not enjoy yourselves---you would want to
enjoy yourselves. But do not do it to the
detriment of your own lives and others," he
Even though today was Carnival Sunday,
Cadiz said, there was still enough time to
organise designated drivers or maxi taxis for
"When you think of what you are going
to spend over Carnival with going to fetes
and costumes and what have you, hiring a
designated driver, for instance, is a very
miniscule amount that will go towards what
your total spend is, and then you can go and
fete very safely and you do not have to worry
about the driving," he said.
Cadiz dismissed the notion that drinking
and driving was part of T&T culture.
"My simple answer to that or reply to that
is, you cannot have a culture where you are
putting other's lives and your own in danger
by being stupid, driving drunk. That cannot
be a culture," he said.
While he agreed that there were still a
number of people who were facing the courts
for drinking and driving, Cadiz believes the
awareness programmes that the ministry has
embarked upon are working.
"I think we will get to that point where
your friends are going to tell you do not drive
drunk. Even before you go out to a function
you are going to be organising a lift, a des-
ignated driver or get there by some other
way, rent a maxi or whatever it is. It will
take time," Cadiz added. See Page A6
Cadiz slams drunk driving
...'stupid behaviour can't be part of our culture'
Crowd favourite Farmer Nappy places second
grooming him as a person and artiste.
The Groovy competition was filled with creative
performances, but strangely, most of the artistes
failed to move the crowd, with Yearwood being
the first to move the entire stadium.
The show began with a performance from Kes
the Band, followed by Ian Alvarez (Bunji Garlin),
Fay-ann Lyons and the Asylum Vikings, and
Carib Breakout Artiste Nesta Boxhill (Sekon Sta),
who delighted fans when he brought out and
serenaded four members of the country's Women
Warriors football team.
Digicel Wild Card competitor Akil Borneo (5
Star Akil) performed in position number one and
chose to highlight the crime situation during his
performance. He was followed by "Saga Boy"
Chow Chow who received great crowd response,
looking dapper in a white suit and fedora, until
the fedora revealed hair curling rods underneath.
Erphaan Alves seemed to have some difficulties
getting his midnight robber to the stage but had
a solid performance once he began and soca
artiste Skinny Fabulous engaged the crowd better
than his predecessors.
Patrons, however, showed their bias, chanting
soca songstress Destra Garcia's name before her
performance began. But Garcia, who had a strong
start, floundered somewhere in the middle of
her performance, went over her allotted time by
two minutes and placed fourth in the compe-
The only other woman in the competition,
Nadia Batson, also went over her time, staying
even longer than Garcia.
Crowd favourite Darryl Henry (Farmer Nappy),
who placed second, brought a house on stage
and though his performance was well orchestrated
the crowd remained subdued. This trend con-
tinued throughout brilliant performances from
Ricardo Drue, who placed third, Lyrikal and Bar-
badian duo Leadpipe and Saddis.
The judges' work seemed as though it would
Then, Yearwood, the last act, came on stage
and began his performance, rousing patrons in
the stadium who shared his conviction about
who would be monarch as they chanted "Ola!"
There was no surprise when he was crowned
the 2015 Digicel Groovy Monarch.
Continued from Page A3
Farmer Nappy performs
his song My House to
capture second place in
the Digicel Groovy Soca
Monarch at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, early
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Third place Nikki Crosby performs her hit Go Granny with veteran calypsonian
Edwin Ayoung 'Crazy' during the Lotto Plus Soca Monarch Competition, Hasely
Crawford Stadium, early yesterday morning. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
A section of the
large crowd at the
Monarch finals at the
Stadium, on Friday
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